Banking for Teenagers Durham NC

Kids learn their money management skills in Durham from watching their parents. The age of thirteen or fourteen may seem like a young age to introduce financial skills like managing a checking account. But before you know it, those teenagers will be away from home and living in a dorm on a college campus. Do you want to trust them to make financial decisions on their own with no guidance?

Edward Fulbright
Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA
(919) 544-0398
5302 NC Highway 55, Suite 104
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
2530 Meridan Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Benjamin Birken
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Deborah Frazier
Frazier Financial Consultants
(919) 929-6940
109 Conner Drive, Suite 205
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Jeff Seymour
Triangle Wealth Management LLC
(919) 654-7321
1000 Centre Gren Way
Cary, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Jennifer Lazarus
Lazarus Financial Planning
(919) 321-0606
5614 Welkin Court
Durham, NC
Expertises
Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Craig Schmith
Craig Schmith
(919) 272-5054
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
75408 Rowan
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

James Miller
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Michael Palmer
Trust Company of the South
(919) 781-8287
3600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 210
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Banking for Teenagers

Teens need money. They have more of a social life than they did when they were mere youngsters and that takes funds. Now that they have a job and are making money, parents wonder if they will manage their money well. It may be time for a checking account.

Kids learn their money management skills from watching their parents. The age of thirteen or fourteen may seem like a young age to introduce financial skills like managing a checking account. But before you know it, those teenagers will be away from home and living in a dorm on a college campus. Do you want to trust them to make financial decisions on their own with no guidance?

Of course you don’t want that. The solution would be to introduce those much needed skills while they are still within your realm of influence. So as not to overwhelm them, start slowly and introduce a checking account when they are ready.

A checking account is a way for teenagers to manage the money that they make from their after school or summer job. Before they start working, it is a good idea to sit down with them and discuss money matters. It is never a good idea to spend all of your money and leave nothing for savings if you can help it.

As a teenager, they can learn to “help it”. Dividing their income between a checking and a savings account will ensure that they still have money left at the end of the summer. To give them an incentive, ask them if they have a goal for the saved money. That will be their motivation to continue to save.

A checking account sets limits on your teen that are imposed by someone other than you. A checking account is funded by the money that is put into it. Teens will learn that if the well runs dry, they have to wait until the next pay period to get more. That is how parents have to deal with money and now they will learn too.

A debit card associated with the checking account makes transactions easier. Since the card carries a MasterCard or Visa logo, it can also function like a credit card with a preset limit but none of the finance fees and charges. Online banking allows your teen to check their account statements on a regular basis and track their spending.

A checking account is not a headache but an opportunity. Once a week, why not have a meeting to ask and answer questions that they have about money. As their confidence with money increases, so will the responsibility. As a reward, your teen can enjoy more freedom.

Should teens have checking accounts? I think that if they are ready then it is a step in the right direction. The more financial savvy your teenagers learn at home, the better you will feel when they are ready to leave.

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